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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 84, 85; Negative Commandment 90

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Positive Commandment 84 (Digest)
Offering Sacrifices in the Chosen Sanctuary

"And there, you shall do all that I command you..."Deuteronomy 12:14.

We are commanded to only offer sacrifices in the Holy Temple.

Positive Commandment 85 (Digest)
Bringing Pledged Sacrifices from Outside Israel

"Only the holy things which you have, and your vows, you shall take and go to the place"Deuteronomy 12:26.

We are commanded to bring all sacrifices – Sin, Burnt, Guilt and Peace Offerings – to the Holy Temple, though the person and the animal are outside of Israel, and despite the long journey involved.

Negative Commandment 90 (Digest)
Slaughtering Sacrifices outside the Holy Temple

"...who slaughters an ox, a lamb, or a goat inside the camp, or who slaughters outside the camp, but does not bring it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting to offer up as a sacrifice to G‑d . . . this shall be counted for that man as blood; he has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off"Leviticus 17:3.

It is forbidden to slaughter outside the Holy Temple any animal designated for sacrifice.


Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
Behold, I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil; in that I command you this day to love G-d, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments... Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life.
  –Deuteronomy 30:15-19
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